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Protect Against the Spread of Flu

From prevention tips to overviews of risk factors and treatment options, Notre Dame College offers the following resources to help students, faculty and staff protect themselves from the spread of influenza-like illnesses during flu season.

To help avoid getting the flu:

  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective. Hand sanitizer dispensers are already placed prominently throughout campus.

  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.

  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. A fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if the person feels very warm, has a flushed appearance, or is sweating or shivering.

  • Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu if you haven't already.
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Did You Know

The Flu and You

Flu spreads from person to person through coughing, sneezing and, sometimes, talking. Discover the basics about the flu and you, including if or when you might need emergency care.

Everyday Preventive Actions

Routine, everyday preventive actions slow the spread of germs that cause many different illnesses, including the flu. Follow these basic steps to help protect against getting sick─especially during flu season.

Treating The Flu

Certain health and age factors are known to increase a person’s risk of getting complications from the flu. Get answers to your questions about treating the flu, including information on vaccines and antiviral drugs.

Cleaning Techniques

The flu virus can live on some surfaces for up to 24 hours. Learn basic cleaning techniques─including how to take care of yourself while caring for others who are ill─and discover household products that offer protection against the flu.

 

Related Links

Cuyahoga County Board of Health Flu Reports

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2012-2013 Flu Season

World Health Organization Influenza Information